Amy Lee

2007 Spike TV Scream Awards

Lee in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Amy Lynn Lee

Place of Birth: Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 13, 1981

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish

Amy Lee is an American singer, songwriter, harpist, and pianist. She is the co-founder, lead vocalist, and sole constant member of rock band Evanescence. She has also been credited as Amy Hartzler, her married name.

Amy is the daughter of Sara and John Lee, who was a disc jockey and television personality. She was raised partly in West Palm Beach, Florida, Rockford, Illinois, and Little Rock, Arkansas, where she helped found the band. She is married to therapist Josh Hartzler, with whom she has a son.

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Eugene Lee, Jr. (the son of Thomas Eugene Lee and Dorothy Burnham). Amy’s grandfather Thomas was born in Georgia. Amy’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Joseph Andrew Lee and Kitty Louisa Wells. Dorothy was the daughter of Addie Z. Burnham.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Ellen Phelps (the daughter of William Robinson Phelps and Ruth Ellen/Ida Haggard). Amy’s grandmother Ruth was born in Illinois. William was the son of John Thomas Phelps and Emma Cora Chapman.

Amy’s maternal grandfather was Robert Lee Cargill (the son of Conner/Conward William Cargill and Bonnie Vera Davenport). Robert was born in Oklahoma. Conner was the son of Ervin Thomas Cargill and Annie M. Ellis.

Amy’s maternal grandmother is Sara Lou Young (the daughter of Valcus Franklin Young and Thelma Blankenship). Valcus was the son of Ira A. Young and Eliza Webb. Thelma was the daughter of John Henry Blankenship and Ida.

Sources: Genealogy of Amy Lee –

Obituary of Amy’s maternal great-grandmother, Thelma (Blankenship) Young –

4 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Strongly resembles her father John, including inheriting his pale blue eyes. Here he is performing on The Gong Show:

  2. skoen says:

    She really looks Italian

    • jonasbttencourt says:

      I dont think so, she is a typical old stock white american. If she has any other thing in her, it must be from elsewhere in the british isles or some germanic country.

  3. vilgotaan says:

    Wikipedia claims swedish aswell?
    But it is wikipedia after all…

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